Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple reconstruction in progress near KRS
The 12th century temple used to appear whenever water level dipped in KRS. It would be reconstructed in the same style.
The reconstruction work of Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple on the banks of Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir is in progress under the supervision of expert architects and sculptors.
The 12th century temple, which was submerged during the construction of Krishnaraja Sagar dam, was dismantled in 2003 to rebuild it in a new location as it was located at the centre of Cauvery backwaters, visible whenever the water level dipped in the dam.
The dismantling and relocation of the temple was completed with the help of skilled sculptors. Khoday Foundation, Bangalore, which relocated the temple, is rebuilding the temple at Hosakannambadi.
The temple was visible when the water level reached low during the last three-four years.
As the foundation had interest in building a temple, it thought of relocating this temple as it would be reduced to ruins within a few years due to water currents.
Hence, it took up the initiative to relocate and restore the temple.
The government approved the project and allowed the foundation to go ahead with its plans of relocating the temple adhering to certain terms and conditions.
Experts and labourers are at present camping at the construction site. The sculptors are working on the temple’s original architecture which was photographed during the dismantling work. They have started arranging the stone structures like pillars and basement stones at the site.
The stones have been marked with numbers. The present design of the structure has been computerised and videographed to safeguard the heritage value of the structure.
Before the commencement of work, the foundation had proposed to relocate the temple at Madhuvana Park in Mysore. However, the villagers of Hosakannambadi opposed this and wanted the temple shifted to their village.
The reconstruction of the temple may take a long time considering the work involved in it. Since the temple has to be rebuilt ditto to the previous one, the work involves a lot of intricacy.
However, experts, who have experience of undertaking this kind of a project, had been roped in to ensure accurate work.
Sculptors from Tamil Nadu were specially brought to study the temple architecture and replicate the design to restore the temple conveniently to the same architectural grandeur as was there before it was submerged.
Drawings of the temple sculptures, including the intricate pillars, view of temple from all sides, were taken by the sculptors and are now working on the designing part.